"I am sure I loved that baby quite as truly, quite as tenderly, with greater purity and more disinterestedness, than can enter into the best love of a later time of life, high and ennobling as it is."

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The eighteenth-century Romantic Movement asserted the notion that children were born innocent and that wordly influences erode this innocence as they grew older.

Jean-Jaques Rousseau is generally credited with forming this modern notion of childhood.